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Neighborhood Play Guide: Eight Hours in Hell’s Kitchen

September 7

Our Park’s Hell’s Kitchen section is a popular destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike. With peaceful green space, dynamic ways to learn and play, and ample opportunities to get out on the Hudson River, it’s a great place to spend a day of activity and discovery!

Kick off your adventure with your kickstand up: enjoy the river breeze as you bike this bustling section of our greenway. If you’re a Citi Bike user, there’s a dock at 40th Street, or you can pick up your ride in the Park at Blazing Saddles! Once you’re pedaled out, head up to Pier 86 and prepare to take off into historical and scientific exploration at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Registered as a national historic landmark, the USS Intrepid was launched as an aircraft carrier in World War II. Today its immense, stoic frame towers proudly over this section of our Park. Must-see exhibits include the space shuttle Enterprise, the submarine Growler and the British Airways Concord, offering Park fans a dynamic opportunity to learn about history, service and the science of air, sea and space travel.

After you disembark, head south, past our splash-tastic interactive fountain. You can pick up ice cream or a quick snack at the Pier 84 concession before you head onto our largest public pier! The curving lawns and shady groves of Pier 84 are a perfect place to picnic and watch the sun sparkle on the Hudson River. When you’re ready to stroll, take a peek at the adorable pups at the Pier 84 Dog Park or check out the nearby play area, where you can make sculptures spin by pumping water and run your own mini-canal – perfect preparation for getting on the water yourself!

When it comes to river-bound adventures, Hell’s Kitchen is a treasure trove. Want to kayak beside the Intrepid or try out stand-up paddleboarding? Manhattan Kayak Company can help you get active on the water at Pier 84! Feeling more like sitting back and enjoying a scenic cruise? Circle Line has some great options at Pier 83, or you can dine as you cruise with North River Lobster Company or Hudson’s at Pier 81. You can even take a NY Waterway ferry from Pier 79 – be sure to check out the beautiful, stainless steel sculpture Senes while you’re there!

It’s hard to imagine a fuller day of culture, history, science, play and relaxation – and there’s even more to discover. So keep on exploring… your Park awaits!